The airport industry briefing
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“Removing all the temporary travel restrictions is a welcome recognition that they no longer serve a purpose, now omicron is well-established in the UK.
“Despite the removal of the temporary measures, airports continue to face a difficult period.
"There continue to be countries who have imposed restrictions on UK arrivals and consumer confidence has been knocked during the crucial Christmas booking period.
"The UK and devolved governments should set out how they will support aviation towards a sustainable recovery to ensure the UK has the connectivity and the airports necessary for our economic recovery.”
"We hope that as soon as possible, governments restore travel rules that allow for the industry to return to growth again.
"Until demand growth stabilises, it is essential slot rules are restored gradually and continue to maintain provisions for reasonable exceptions when conditions change, such as a rapid clamp down on travel with the emergence of a new variant like Omicron. Only with sustainable and predictable global travel rules can connectivity recover and remove the need for slot alleviation.
"The airport slots system has been the backbone of building global air connectivity which before Covid-19 was serving 4.5 billion passengers across a route network that over 20 years had doubled while fares had halved in price. This success can be rebuilt if regulators treat the system with care."